Michael and Daniel:
Please dont rush of with my request to support the PICs Ive mentioned.....I did a little bit more googling and found this project:http://mate-labs.de
This works with an Arduino and looks to be a bit more polished than the Danish project I found earlier. The main reason for searching a bit further is that the Danish project didnt have any feedback from the turntable about its actual running speed. This German project does and also has some other better features.
So Im probably going with this project.....hope you guys didnt invest any time in supporting those PIcs I mentioned yet....
No I was holding off on doing that until such time that Daniel was able to tweak the underlying C code. So no extra work on our parts occurred because of your request. I'm glad that you found a better solution to suit your needs